South African rapper, songwriter and entrepreneur Rikhado Muziwendlovu Makhado, known professionally as Riky Rick, was trending on Twitter on Wednesday morning as fans speculated whether news of the 34-year-old star’s death was true.
One Twitter user said “No way. [Riky] Rick ? I hope it ain’t true. I’ll wait for the family to confirm.” while another said “Is it True that our Guy [Riky] Rick has passed on or it’s just a rumour??”
However, a family spokesperson confirmed Riky Rick’s passing but could not divulge any further details, as News24 reports. It was said that a statement would be released. The cause of his death has not been made public.
Merely hours ago, the rapper tweeted “I’ll return a stronger man. This land is still my home” as South Africans expressed themselves on Twitter.
Damn, Riky Rick was honestly just the nicest down to earth man & one of the best performers I’ve had the privilege of sharing a stage with.
Can’t believe this news. Rest in peace Rikhado ??❤️
— The Kiffness (@TheKiffness) February 23, 2022
We love you my man; we did not listen to your loud whisper. We thought we still had time, and unfortunately, we are now too late to intervene. ??? pic.twitter.com/9Tj5otfYwv
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) February 23, 2022
Riky Rick was really a quality human at every encounter… if this is true… we’ve lost a really bright light in our industry. ?
— Pearl Thusi (@PearlThusi) February 23, 2022
Not like this Makhado ? https://t.co/hK98O3ysbD
— DJ Franky (@FrankySA) February 23, 2022
Twitter was also flooded with comments relating to an intimate video Riky Rick posted of him dancing with his wife, Bianca Naidoo, on Valentine’s Day. Many expressed that Bianca looked awkward and didn’t appear to be into the dance as they questioned his marriage.
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In 2020, Riky Rick opened up about his struggle with depression after his father died, TimesLive adds. He is survived by his wife and two children.
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